President Paul Biya of Cameroon is expected to be in Nigeria Tuesday May 3, on a two-day state visit. Biya’s visit was confirmed by Nigerian presidency in a statement saying the visit was at the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Agenda for President Biya’s visit to Nigeria include the ongoing bilateral and regional cooperation against terrorism, violent extremism and cross-border crimes. The two Africa leaders will also sign new agreements to strengthen trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Cameroon during the visit.
Recall that last year President Buhari was in Cameroon for a similar visit to discuss ways of effectively tackling the Boko Haram insurgency with President Biya. Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger have collaborated to wage an intense offensive against Boko Haram. The terrorists have migrated to these neighboring countries, wrecking havoc in their wake.
According to a statement on Monday, May 2, by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, President Biya, who will be accompanied by his wife, Chantal, and senior Cameroonian government officials, will be received tomorrow (Tuesday May 3) afternoon at the Presidential Villa, Abuja by President Buhari. The statement read, in part:
“A joint communiqué on the visit and the talks between the two presidents and their officials will be issued before President Biya’s departure from Abuja on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.”
The Cameroonian politician, who has been the President of Cameroon since 6 November 1982, was received at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, by Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbanjo. He led a high-powered federal government team to welcome the visiting Cameroonian President whose aircraft touched down at exactly 11:15am.
In responds to the honour bestowed on him, President Biya expressed his appreciation, reiterating that Nigeria and Cameroon had long standing historical and diplomatic relationship that ought to be strengthened for the mutual benefit of the two countries.